The War of the Community Organizers. Mr. Greenfield explains that both of them need their enemies, in order to ensure their power.
Obama and Putin: Two Totalitarians, One Game
March 27, 2014 by Daniel Greenfield
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Every time a battle is won and an election ends, a new source of social conflict is dug up and deployed for war.
As a domestic radical, divisiveness is his natural weapon. Obama plays on fragmented identities, assembling coalitions to wage war against some phantom white heteronormative patriarchy consisting of a middle class barely able to pay its bills.
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[Obama's coalition] needs an enemy to give it meaning. Without a common enemy it will tear itself apart and die.
The same is true of the anti-American coalition that Putin has cobbled together out of Marxist dictators in Latin America, Shiite fanatics in Iran, a North Korean prep school grad who starves his people to build nukes and radical American leftists convinced that every war is a CIA conspiracy. Like allying the NAACP, AFL-CIO and GLAAD; it’s an odd conclave, but as long as everyone focuses on a common foe, they can all be herded in the right direction.
Obama is an adequate national community organizer, but Putin is a global community organizer.
It’s not just that Obama is weak and inept, but he’s using a rulebook that Moscow is entirely familiar with because its men helped write it. The KGB vets running the show understand Obama intimately because they understood his mentors. The tactics that Obama and his people imagine are clever and innovative are minor examples of the tactics that the USSR was using abroad before he was even born.
Obama isn’t isolating Putin. Putin is isolating Obama. He’s doing it in the same way that Obama did it to Republicans.
Anti-Americanism has nothing to with America. Anti-Americanism creates a phantom enemy.
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Obama needs a Republican enemy to keep his people in line. Putin needs an American enemy to keep his people in line. If Obama understood this, he would also understand that Putin is as likely to work with him to defuse the conflict, as Obama would with John Boehner.
Putin and Obama are both deeply corrupt men whose former popularity has waned and are badly in need of distractions.
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Obama thinks globally and acts locally. Putin thinks locally and acts globally.
Putin is determined to score points from the post-American transition. Reducing American power and influence worldwide was a move that the foreign policy left believed would defuse tensions. Instead it has turned into a gold rush for every petty tyrant and terrorist eager to count coup by humiliating the United States.
Obama wanted a peaceful post-American transition. Instead he’s getting worldwide chaos and war.
Putin seeks out a conflict with the United States for the same reason that Obama seeks one out with Republicans….